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Wednesday, June 21, 2017: The John Dapaah Trio at Southminster United Church

Young pianist John Kofi Dapaah has hands in both the jazz and classical genres. A graduate of Carleton University, he also studied in Austria, and obtained his Masters in Music from McGill University. He's performed in Japan, Austria, and here in Canada, including before two Governors-General. His composition for string quartet was performed with choreography at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.

Jazz/gospel singer Roxanne Goodman describes Dapaah as a musician with “an amazing destiny before him. He lives to play the piano. He will be classed as a young Oscar Peterson and has the foundational moral character to go all the way.”

On the jazz side, Dapaah has been featured in concert with local jazz musicians, playing standards, improvisations, and arrangements of spirituals. For this concert, he's reuniting with with two strong members of the local jazz scene, whom he performed with in February: bassist J.P. Lapensée and drummer Jamie Holmes from the HML Trio. At this show, they'll perform jazz standards and a special 150th-anniversary arrangement of ‘O Canada’.

The John Dapaah Trio (John Dapaah, J.P. Lapensée, and Jamie Holmes) will perform in the weekly noon-hour series at Southminster United Church on Wednesday, June 21, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. The concert is open to all, but donations to support the musicians and the series are strongly encouraged. Southminster United Church is located at 15 Aylmer Avenue (at Bank Street, just south of the Bank Street Bridge); the all-day OC Transpo routes 1 and 7 stop immediately in front. It's easily accessible by bicycle, on road and via the recreational paths along the Rideau Canal.

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